Weeki Wachee High School

Central hosts 2020 Preseason Baseball Classic

Brooksville--Central hosted a two-day preseason baseball classic with Springstead, Fivay, and Weeki Wachee on Feb. 11 and Feb. 13, 2020.

Preseason classics are essential for coaches to observe how their players have progressed over practices and learn about the incoming talent.

Preparation may be different from coach to coach. Weeki Wachee baseball coach Patrick McHugh and Springstead’s baseball coach Shawn Laferty tell us how they are getting their players prepared for the upcoming 2020 season.

Patrick McHugh is starting his ninth year at Weeki Wachee.

Lady Hornets prepare for Crystal River Pirates

Lady Hornets are ready to face the Lady Pirates on their home court for their second Gulf Coast 8 game.

Currently at 360 points and 211 total in rebounds for 20 games played, Sophomore Sy Crowley (1) leads the Hornet’s court, along with Princess Hester (11) and Morgan McDaniel (2) bringing the extra support. Both Princess and Morgan are currently at 17 games played and averaging around 16 points per game. 

Weeki Wachee Hornets football team honors 9-11 first responders

Article and Photography by ALICE MARY HERDEN

The week of 9-11 will always have emotional effects for many, many people. Communities get together to honor those that have lost their lives and those that helped save lives. Before the coin toss on the Weeki Wachee High School football field, the entire Hornets team held American flags to honor 9-11 first responders. Hornets Kolby Oudeans grandfather, John Lightsey, was one of those dispatchers on September 11, 2001.

Winding Waters K-8 Students hear first hand accounts of 9/11

Everyone over the age of thirty knows where they were and what they were doing on the morning of September 11, 2001. For three Hernando County citizens, it was more than just an event that they watched unfold on television. John Lightsey, Don Barbee Jr. and Deborah Gray felt it personally. They each told their unique 9/11 story to a group of sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders at Winding Waters K-8 School this past Tuesday, the seventeenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks. None of these students had even been born in 2001. 

Weeki Wachee girls preparing for districts, postseason and beyond

Photography by Cheryl Clanton

(WEEKI WACHEE)- Weeki Wachee, arguably the best girls basketball team in Hernando County, isn’t looking to just make some noise in the Class 6A, District 6 tournament coming up. The Hornets are taking aim at making a deep postseason run on the heels of the program’s best season in school history. 

Weeki Wachee girls basketball starting to peak

Photography by Cheryl Clanton

Weeki Wachee's Mykenna Corbett

(WEEKI WACHEE)- In the first 89 games of Weeki Wachee’s girls basketball program history starting in 2012, the team was everyone’s circled win on the schedule. 

When you faced the Hornets, you could almost with certainty walk in the gymnasium knowing your club would likely be coming away with a victory. These are not your same old Weeki Wachee girls, though, any longer as the program has completed a turnaround the last three seasons in becoming a club not many want to face. 

Weeki Wachee looking to plug in the pieces

Photography by Cheryl Clanton

Weeki Wachee goalkeeper Jake Brooks

(Weeki Wachee) — There’s no shortage of seniors on this season’s edition of Weeki Wachee’s boys soccer team, but the experience might be quite where it should be for an older group.

Of those returning seniors, only five or six are starters from a year ago and Weeki Wachee head coach Shane Tarbox compares this 2017-2018 to his first campaign as the Hornets lead man. In Tarbox’s first season at Weeki Wachee, he was just getting to know the school and players, which he feels with some of the newer faces on the squad this season relates to his initial year as coach.

Side by Side…Stone Style

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Stone Family From Left to Right: Tommy, Mike Stone Jr., Mike Stone III, Mary Stone

No two siblings are alike, some are best friends, some have years between them and others have different interests and goals. Different interests and goals is not the case with the Stone Brothers. They have been side by side throughout their growing life and now shoulder to shoulder in the sport that continues to drive their brotherly bond.